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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Highly Protective For Kids 5-11, Company Announces

Federal officials are soon expected to announce if they'll allow the shots to be used on children in that age group.

David looks on as public officials tour classrooms at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy while CPS continues its reopening plans in the Lake View neighborhood on March 1, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in kids 5-11, according to a new report from the company.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to release its independent analysis of Pfizer’s data on Friday — but the drug-making company said its vaccine had a 90.7 efficacy rate when it came to preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in kids 5-11 during a trial, according to The New York Times.

The company also said it didn’t get reports of myocarditis among kids who participated in the trial.

Federal officials are soon expected to announce if they’ll allow the shots to be used on children in that age group. Pfizer doses are already approved for everyone 12 and older.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 7.1 million people — or 56.5 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 29,950 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 15,203,716 vaccine doses of the 18,275,295 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.59 million Chicagoans — or 59.1 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated, and 64.3 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

Everyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.

The numbers:

• Twenty-seven Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Thursday.

• At least 25,590 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,824 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 2,969 cases since Thursday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,680,908.

• Since Thursday, 148,610 tests were reported statewide. In all, 34,492,598 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate was at 2 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 1.9 percent Thursday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 2.2 percent. It was at 2.2 percent Thursday.

• As of Thursday night, 323 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 152 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, two deaths were reported since Thursday. There have been at least 5,864 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than three deaths per day, down 8 percent from a week ago.

• Chicago has 393 had confirmed cases reported since Thursday. It’s had a total of 324,861 confirmed cases. An average of 293 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 9 percent decrease from the week prior.

• Testing in Chicago is down 7 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 1.9 percent, down from 2 percent the week prior.

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